I don’t normally agree with Louie Verrecchio, but I agree with him in this video.
For me, if this pastoral fraud of adultery is pushed on parishes, and if I find my own parish becomes infected with this spiritual schizophrenia of accepting soft adultery as a way of life (which is really what is being proposed here), then I will simply leave.
Many of you perhaps can exist in this bizarre world where you can uphold the sanctity of marriage on paper and be welcoming and accepting (or at least formally tolerating) adulterous unions. In some ways, I admire your abilities to hold these contradictions in balance, but I simply cannot play ball.
I’m sure this new policy will do wonders for those marriages that are struggling. One day, you have a Catholic marriage that is struggling. Next day, the marriage is caput. Six months down the line, the adulterer shows up at the same church, with his new life partner in tow. His real wife is in the back pew. And we’re all to be accepting and welcoming of this new arrangement. Next thing you know, he’s an extraordinary minister of holy communion and you’ll be OK with that because Cardinal Kasper is Pope Francis’s favourite theologian and there’s a new regime in town.
I will not accept this. I just cannot.